Archive of films The Other Side / El otro barrio

2000, 132 min

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Year: 2001


Salvador Garcia Ruiz’s compelling second feature, The Other Side, charts the parallel emotional journeys of an adolescent boy who’s indirectly responsible for a man´s death, and the lawyer engaged to help him. The story opens with an uneasy encounter between the two characters, seemingly worlds apart. One is shy, 15-year-old Ramon (Jorge Alcazar), accused of killing a man, while the other is successful lawyer Marcelo (Alex Casanovas), who grew up in the same low-rent, working-class Madrid neighborhood. Assembling elements of the drama like a puzzle, the screenplay conveys only the info that is absolutely necessary to get a handle on the characters, gradually sketching in layers of detail as the story unfolds and the relationships develop. David Rooney

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Director: Salvador Garcia Ruiz
Screenplay: Salvador Garcia Ruiz
Dir. of Photography: Teodoro Delgado
Music: Pascal Gaigne
Editor: Carmen Frías
Producer: Gerardo Herrero, Javier Lopéz Blanco
Production: Tornasol Films, S.A.
Cast: Alex Casanovas, Jorge Alcázar, Alberto Ferreiro, Pepa Pedroche,Empar Ferrer, Mónica López, Guillermo Toledo, Joaquín Climent

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